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Blood and Circulation Problems in Dogs


Heart disease is more common in dogs than in any other domestic species. The most common form damages the heart's valves; this occurs primarily in small dogs, from middle age onwards. Congenital heart defects and heart attacks are less common. A wide variety of medications, developed to treat human heart conditions, are used to successfully

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Dog Brain Diseases


The brain, through its connections with the spinal cord and peripheral nerves, coordinates all activities, thoughts, senses, feelings, emotions, movement, and body functions. If the brain is damaged, this can lead to behaviour changes, seizures, loss of coordination, paralysis, or coma. Brain injures Brain injuries are frequently caused by physical injuries, especially as a result

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Canine Hormonal Disorders


Hormones are chemical messengers that influence the activity of cells and tissues all round the body. The first hormones to be identified were those produced by discrete, visible glands, such as the thyroid and the pituitary. Later, scientists discovered other messengers, including the brain biochemicals dopamine and serotonin, and trace chemicals called cytokines. New cytokines

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Issues with Dog Muscles, Bones and Joints


Dogs are highly active animals, and their skeletons and muscles are subject to great stresses. Injuries are fairly common, but muscle and bone tissues have a remarkable capacity for self-repair. Other problems can result from diseases of the joints or bones.The most common sign of muscle, bone, or joint disorders is lameness, usually, but not

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Problems with the Canine Reproductary Tract


Many of the medical conditions affecting a female dog's reproductive tract are extremely serious and can even be fatal, although risk of these disorders can be reduced by spaying. In contrast, few reproductive disorders affecting the male are life-threatening. Dangers During BirthThere are several risks to a female dog when giving birth. If she fails

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Dog Eye Problems


Eye disorders account for a large number of visits to the clinic because they are amongst the easiest problems to recognize and always appear potentially worrisome. Understanding the signsCheck with your vet if you notice any of the symptoms below: they may simply indicate an allergy, but can also be caused by more serious concerns,

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Dog Ear and Hearing Disorders


The ear is a vulnerable part of a dogs body. The outer ear flap is easily damaged, while the ear canal encourages the accumulation of wax, debris, and water, and provides an access point for a variety of infections. Common Indicators Dogs with ear problems may show any of the following clinical signs: Head and

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Canine Auto Immune System Issues


Facts A dog's immune system is its defense system, made up of antibodies, white blood cells, and other substances. This defense system works to reject foreign bodies and attack infections. It differentiates between "self" cells and "non-self" cells by markers - called antigens - located on the surface of every cell in the dog's body.

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Cancer in Dogs


Cancers are diseases that occur in most animals, including dogs. A cancer results when a cell in a dog's body starts to replicate uncontrollably, forming clumps of abnormal or cancerous cells called tumours. These cancer cells escape detection and trick the natural killer cells of the body's immune system into not attacking and destroying them.

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Euthanasia – when to Consider ending your Dog’s life


Euthanasia: a release from suffering Euthanasia means voluntarily ending the life of a dog suffering from a terminal or incurable condition. Some instances where Euthansia is likely the best option inlcude:- Irreversible disease that has progressed to a point where distress or discomfort cannot be controlled; Old age wear and tear that permanently affects the

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Kennel Clubs


Kennel Club Definition A kennel club (known as a kennel council or canine council in some countries) is an organisation for canine affairs that concerns itself with the breeding, showing and promotion of multiple breeds of dog. All-encompassing kennel clubs are also known as all-breed clubs, although "all" means only those breeds that they have decided

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Canadian Kennel Club


The Canadian Kennel Club (or C.K.C.) is the main registry body for purebred dogs in Canada. The C.K.C. also promotes events such as conformation shows and obedience trials for purebred dogs and confers championship and other titles in conformation, obedience and similar competitions. The Canadian Kennel Club is a , member based, not for profit

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The Kennel Club (UK)


The Kennel Club ("KC") in the United Kingdom is a kennel club based in London. It is the oldest all-breed kennel club in the world and one of the most prestigious. It is the largest in the United Kingdom. It was the first official registry of purebred dogs in the world, and its annual registrations

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United Kennel Club


The United Kennel Club (UKC) is the second oldest all-breed registry of purebred dogs in the USA and the second largest in the world. The club records around 250,000 registrations annually. (Compare this with the American Kennel Club which registered just over 900,000 dogs in 2003.) The UKC was founded by Chauncey Z. Bennett in

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Choosing a Dog Breeder


What's important when Choosing a Dog Breeder. (1) Registration with a Kennel Club. Only breeders registered with one of the relevant Kennel Club's in the your country, can provide a certificate of registration, showing the lineage of your dog and proof that it is indeed a dog with a pedigree. If your breeder can not

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Pure Bred…. or Cross Breed?


Cross Breed or Pure Breed? Possibly the hottest argument you'll ever hear between dog owners, is the one between the owner of a pure bred champion, with papers showing an impressive lineage, and the owner of a mutt, who reckons his dog is, well...better than any purebred. Well, what are the pros and cons? (1)

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Training your dog to give up a bone


It can be a daunting job teaching your dog to drop their favourite bone or toy after they have fetched it. Sometimes your dog may even be aggressive about not letting go of their favourite bone. It is important to teach your dog that they need to give all food, bones, and toys back to

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Understanding Over-excitability and Inhibition Behavior in Dogs


Most dogs suffer form some form of over-excitability and inhibition behavior at some time in their lives. It could be due to a number of different factors including: Stress Strangers Other dogs/animals Sudden movements or loud noises Social Isolation All of the above can cause a dog to become over excited and they can be

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Losing Weight With Your Dog


My Dog Says, “You Want Me To Do What?” Dogs are empathic creatures, aren't they? They know when we are sad. They get excited when we are excited. When we're ready to take a nap, they're ready to curl up beside us and do the same. Folk wisdom has long claimed that dogs resemble their

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History of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog


The Anatolian Shepard is an ancient breed that was herding and guarding flocks in Mesopotamia since 4000 B.C. They were specific to the high plateau areas of what is now central Turkey. This dog is a descendent of livestock guard dogs that migrated with the flocks, guarding against jackals, wolves, bears, and any other threat

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Looking after Your Dog – What to Expect


Owning a dog can be the most rewarding and exciting experience a family can have. These dogs can quickly become a trusted member of the family and will give back more unexpected love and affection than you could ever imagine. They will develop into a good friend to all the family members and can have

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Buying a Dog or Puppy Online


With the dawning of the aged of the internet, the buying of anything online continues to become more and more popular. Puppies and dogs for sale are no exception, with breeders now able to offer their puppies for sale from across town, the other side of the state, across the country – even the world.

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Hypertension in Dogs


Facts Hypertension (HTN), also called high blood pressure or arterial hypertension, is a medical condition that describes elevated blood pressure in a dog’s arteries. When a dog has high blood pressure, its heart has to work harder than normal to circulate blood through its body. The condition may be either primary or secondary HTN: primary

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Hypoglycemia in Dogs


Facts Hypoglycemia also called low blood sugar, is an abnormally low concentration of glucose in a dog’s blood. Glucose is produced when the dog consumes carbohydrates and is used as energy for all the dog’s cells, activity, and basic body function. When the dog produces more glucose than it needs, that glucose converts to glycogen

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Leukemia in Dogs


Facts In a healthy body, the white blood cells (leukocytes) are an essential part of the dog’s immune system. They are produced in the bone marrow and work to defend the dog’s body against foreign invaders and infectious diseases. There are several different types of white blood cells (eosinophils, lymphocytes, platelets, basophils, monocytes, and neturophils),

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Osteosarcoma in Dogs


Osteosarcoma is the most common type of bone cancer in domestic dogs. It is an aggressive, malignant form of the disease that starts in the bones and spread to other parts of the body if not detected and treated. This type of cancer tends to metastasize quickly to the lungs and is usually fatal. Osteoblasts

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Von Willebrand Disease in Dogs


Facts Von Willebrand Disease, also called von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD) is a hereditary blood clotting disorder. This disorder occurs when a dog has in insufficient level of von Willebrand factor (also called factor VIII) – a plasma protein necessary for proper blood clotting. Factor VIII (vWF) is produced by the cells lining blood vessels and

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Lymphoma in Dogs


FactsA dog’s lymph system is a network of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels that are used to process and circulate disease organisms and foreign substances so that they may be presented to and destroyed by the immune system. Lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cells, are the main cells of the lymphatic system.

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Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Dogs


Facts In healthy dogs, the pulmonary artery carries blood to the lungs to be oxygenated, then goes back to the heart to get pumped out to the body via the aorta. In the fetal stage, all dogs have what is called the ductus arteriosus (DA) – a connection between the aortic arch and pulmonary artery.

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Polycythemia in Dogs


Facts Polycythemia, also called erythrocytosis, is a disorder in which the dog’s blood volume or concentration of the red blood cells (RBCs) increases. When this happens, the thickness or viscosity of the blood is increased and causes a multitude of problems. There are three forms of polycythemia: absolute, relative, and transient. Each has its own

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Pulmonary Hypertension in Dogs


Facts Pulmonary hypertension is an elevated blood pressure of the lung vasculature (the pulmonary vein, pulmonary artery, or pulmonary capillaries). It can lead to heart failure if left untreated. By definition, any pulmonary arterial systolic pressure over 30 mm Hg, pulmonary arterial mean pressure over 20 mm Hg, or pulmonary arterial diastolic pressure over 15

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Dogs


Facts Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), also called tick typhus, Tobia fever, fiebre manchada, and São Paulo fever, depending on the country, is a disease caused by the infective parasitic organism Rickettsia rickettsia. This organism is passed to dogs (and humans, as well as other mammals) when they are bitten by an infected Dermacentor tick.

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Heartbeat Arrhythmia in Dogs


Facts Heartbeat arrhythmia, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, is a condition that describes abnormal electrical heart activity. The heartbeat may be too slow, too fast, too weak, too strong, regular, or irregular. Some dogs live with a mildly irregular heartbeat with no negative side effects, while others suffer from associated effects. Severe

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Heart Murmurs


Facts A heart murmur is an abnormal heart sound created by turbulent blood flow into, out of, or through the heart. Not actually a disease or illness in and of itself, a heart murmur is the result of another heart problem that causes the abnormal sounds. They may range from being minor to being indicative

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Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs


Facts In a properly working heart, blood flows into the right atrium and is pumped into the right ventricle. After that, it goes to the lungs where it picks up oxygen and then flows back into the heart’s left atrium. Pressure causes the oxygenated blood to flow into the left ventricle and out of the

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Heart Failure in Dogs


Facts The function of a healthy heart is to supply oxygenated blood to the body. First, it pumps blood to the lungs to pick up oxygen molecules, and pushes that oxygenated blood out to all of the organs and parts of the body. Once the oxygen is delivered, the blood returns to the heart to

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Dogs


Facts A healthy canine heart has chamber walls that are flexible - they contract easily in order to pump oxygenated blood out to the body. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a type of heart disease with characteristics of thickening and concentric enlargement of the walls of the left ventricle. This causes the ventricular walls to become

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Facts Hemangiosarcoma is a malignant, very aggressive form of cancer that forms anywhere in the body where there is blood supply, but it most usually forms on the skin, in soft tissues, or on the spleen or heart. It develops in the lining of a dog’s blood vessels, and can cause a fatal blood loss


Anemia in Dogs


Facts Red blood cells (RBC) work to deliver oxygen to the dog’s tissues. This is done when the blood cells pick up oxygen in the lungs and release it to the body’s cells when the RBCs squeeze through the capillaries. This “pick up” is performed by the iron-containing hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin) biomolecule. The hemoglobin

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Dogs


Facts Red blood cells, also called RBCs, are the most common blood cell in the circulatory system. They contain hemoglobin (also spelled haemoglobin), a biomolecule containing iron, that binds to oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to the rest of the body’s cells. Once the oxygen is released, the RBC then picks up carbon

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Babesiosis in Dogs


Facts Babesiosis (also called Babesia infection) is a disease passed to mammals via ticks. The Babesia parasite is a microscopic organism that takes up residence the dog’s red blood cells and eventually destroys the RBCs, which causes the animal to become anemic. Babesiosis is the second most common blood parasite disorder of all mammals, although

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Adrenal Gland Cancer in Dogs


FactsAdrenal Gland Cancer, also known as Pheochromocytoma, involves the presence of a tumour in the adrenal gland. This tumour affects the glands by causing them to make an excess of particular hormones. Other ways the tumour can affect the animal is to cause an increase in blood pressure, heart rate, and even the breathing rate.

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Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs


Facts Diabetes Mellitus is a disease which occurs in dogs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. In some cases, insulin production stops all together. Insulin tells the body how to properly use proteins, fats, and sugars. This lack of insulin means the liver doesn’t know when to stop glucose production and no longer

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Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs


Facts When a dog is diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus it is essentially suffering from a disorder of water balance because of decreased production/levels of antidiuretic hormone (ADH). It causes the dog to get rid of highly diluted urine in huge abnormal quantities, because ADH is what regulates the kidneys’ power to absorb water. The disease

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Addison’s Disease in Dogs


Facts Known also as hypoadrenocorticism, hypocortisolism, and adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s Disease was first found in humans and then later found in dogs. The disease is described as an endocrine system disorder and takes place when the production of corticosteroid hormones decreases to such an amount that the body is no longer able to function normally.

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Mast Cell Tumours in Dogs


FactsMast cells are part of the body’s immune system, and participate to fight off parasites that may attack the respiratory or intestinal tract or the skin. When the body detects an invader, the mast ells product an antibody called IgE. The IgE covers the mast cell and “grab” the antigen, then releases a chemical harmful

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Asthma in Dogs


Telltale signs of asthma in a dog are not unlike those found in humans. A dog that seems to be wheezing, coughing and having difficulty breathing may be suffering of an obstruction in its airways, causing an asthma attack. People may be surprised to know that just like humans, dogs can develop asthma, and more

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Lung Cancer in Dogs


FactsLung cancer is disease that needs to be taken seriously and detected early. Lung cancer can be either metastatic or primary in dogs. No one gender or breed is more prone to it than another; however, just like with humans, if the dog is continually exposed to second-hand smoke, its risk of developing the disease

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Oral Cancer in Dogs


Facts Oral cancer is one cancer that grows and then spreads quickly and is often very hard to treat. In fact, as far as cancer goes, it is one of the most difficult to treat. Tumours found in the mouth are quite common and can be either cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign). Mouth cancer is

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